Americana Highways is pleased to present the title track from JD & the Straight Shot’s forthcoming all-acoustic album The Great Divide. The album is due out later this year, and features vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan, guitarist/vocalist/producer Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash), bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton), violinist/fiddler/vocalist Erin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart), drummer/percussionist Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Saturday Night Live band), and guitarist/vocalist Carolyn Dawn Johnson (Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride). The Great Divide was recorded at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville with Marc Copely producing.
Taking one look at the cast of heavy-hitters on this album, you’d predict this would be a completely “pro” production; but one listen confirms it. Musically it’s layered, crystal clear acoustics; and it’s especially wonderful to listen to the way the musicians leave space for one another while creating such a compelling song. Vocals rise and intertwine in chilling appealing tones with: “The great divide — instead of closin’ it tighter, we’re making it wider.”
‘The Great Divide’ is about the ever increasing division in ideology in our country. The song is a commentary on how badly we treat each other when we disagree. It is a sad state of affairs when we cannot listen to each other. When you feel you are not being heard, you shout louder, and it’s getting pretty loud in here! I hope this song will inspire folks to try a little harder to be tolerant of a different opinion than their own. — Jim Dolan
We guarantee this song will leave you wanting to hear the rest of the album as soon as you can get your hands on it. The single will be available Jan 25. Read more about JD & The Straight Shot while you’re listening here: